A few weeks ago, my screen started acting up — horizontal lines and freezing. The nice young man at Staples told me it was the LED screen, but if you touched it on the left side, the screen returned to normal. And, no, this is not a touchscreen model.
Well touching the screen worked for a while, then I had to hold my thumb there. Then I had to press really hard and got a cramp in my hand. And typing with one hand is never a good idea. I devised the hanger method, but my husband suggested a chip clip — so I now have an alternative. But I’m not moving that hanger until I have to.
I was trying to put off buying a new computer before Christmas. And I don’t know what I want.
Sherry Rieder of the Erie Times-News let me test drive her iPad a few weeks ago when I worried the screen problem would become — well permanent. The iPad was pretty nice — thanks, Sherry.
With it being Black Friday yesterday, deals appeared to be all over the place on computers and iPads, so we went to look at them at Best Buy last night. Sticker shock and technology shock set in. My current Dell is only a few years old and cost maybe $400. Newer computers have a base price, then add in the apps or software and we’re talking big money.
They also have real touch screens. I felt like a dinosaur. The salesperson spoke a language I kind of understood, but I had no idea what I wanted after 15 minutes. I felt like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” sitting on Santa’s lap. “My mind had gone blank. I was blowing it, blowing it.”
My husband gently asked what I wanted, and I responded that a nice lemon drop martini was in order. The computer would have to wait. So off we went to TGIFridays where I had two lemon drop martinis and dinner. I’m still using this hanger, but I don’t have buyer’s remorse. I’d prefer to wait until after Christmas, so attaching an old monitor to the keyboard might be the best short-term solution — if the hanger and the chip clip give out. So I will be researching and trying to figure out what I want. Suggestions are welcome.
And I am not complaining — it could be worse. My pal Jennie Geisler’s car died the other day. Now that’s an expensive pre-holiday necessity.